10 Most Beautiful 2012

Meet the 20 women who were chosen as finalists to compete in the 417 Magazine 10 Most Beautiful Women contest.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Readers nominated 96 women to the 417 Magazine 10 Most Beautiful Women contest. It wasn’t easy (the entries were all impressive), but 417 Magazine staff narrowed the list to 20 finalists who had the perfect combination of both inner and outer beauty.

The first round of voting narrows the playing field to 15 finalists. The second round brings the total down to our winning 10 Most Beautiful Women.

They will be announced in the September 2012 issue of 417 Magazine, and they’ll walk the runway during the fashion shows at 417 Magazine’s Indulge: An Evening for Women event on September 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield.

Need a little incentive to vote? Well, these women aren’t just competing for beauty; they’re also trying to do a little good. Each woman chose a charity that’s important to her. The person who receives the most votes during the voting period gets to donate a portion of the Indulge ticket sales to her charity. The winner will be announced the night of the event.

Allison Cash Allison Croghan Chris Mendel Clementine Enger Bentley
Danielle Burkin Grace Canuzo Jennifer Tomb Karen Catt
Kimberly Harrington Kristal Gaines Linda Sue Sparkman Lisa Cox
Marcella Swatosh Meghan Connel Melanie Pulscher Rachel Happel
Robyn Bates Sherrie Johnson Brown Stephanie Weiss Tammy Neil

View the 10 Most Beautiful voting page!

Allison Cash, 35

Occupation: Vice President-Marketing, MADE Drinks Company
City: Nixa
Family: Husband Cody Cash, 12-year-old Chloe, 7-year-old Colin

What is your charity of choice?

Nixa Education Foundation.

Nixa is my hometown, my alma mater and my current residence. The Nixa Education Foundation supports Nixa Public Schools, which is the heart of the Nixa community. The foundation truly is an investment. It is an organization formed exclusively for the purpose of generating financial resources to meet the needs of Nixa Public Schools’ students, faculty and organizations.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

Love. The most beautiful women I know are full of love. They act in love and service to others. There is something about love that radiates energy and warmth from a woman, which in turn exudes beauty.

Why do you think you’re a 10 Most Beautiful Women finalist?

Because I have a good friend who is a great writer.

Do you volunteer, or are you involved in any philanthropic or community organizations?

I currently serve as president of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri, a non-partisan group that works to get the community involved in the political process. I also serve on the radio committee for the League and share the responsibility of hosting a weekly KSMU radio segment, Making Democracy Work, with other League members

 I sit on the Nixa Education Foundation board as secretary. Recently, I got together with two lifelong friends, Cami Jenkins and Carrie Boone, to plan Nixa Sucker Day’s first annual Runnin’ for Suckers 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Nixa Education Foundation. I am active in the Food Garden initiative in the Nixa schools as well, working with other community members to start gardens at various Nixa elementary schools.

A member of the Askinosie Chocolate Advisory Council, I advise on marketing strategy and communication planning.

I am a proud supporter of Slow Food USA, Southwest Missouri chapter and was one of the founding members. I support the Doula Foundation of Mid-America through their numerous events including a sponsorship of their annual Friendraiser luncheon. Their mission really touches my heart.

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

They drive me to do more. There is so much that can be and is being done. These experiences are rich because of smart and motivated people who are involved. I never once have regretted jumping on board with a group I’m passionate about because I continually meet the most inspiring people. The list of friends I have gained would take up a page of copy, there are so many. I truly enjoy the feeling of making our community work while working in the community.

Tell us what you do for a living:

I currently work as vice president of marketing for MADE Drinks Company, based in Chicago. I joined the company almost four years ago when a former client and personal friend, Charley Snell, decided to start his own organic beverage company. I jumped in with both feet (okay, I stuck a toe in first) and haven’t regretted it a day since I started. Working in a small startup is exhilarating. You never know what challenge awaits you on a daily basis.

What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment is being called a faithful friend. Knowing that I have made a difference in a moment to someone important to me. Realizing that intention is powerful. I am most proud of my family and friends because if birds of a feather flock together I must be an okay bird.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

Myself. You realize along life’s path that many of the perceived barriers are in your own mind.

What are three words that describe you?

Driven, curious and intuitive

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?

My voice. My willingness to state my opinions, share with others and seek to learn more.

When you were a child, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?

Candice Bergen. I adored her in Murphy Brown, my favorite show while growing up. I was obsessed with watching it. She was smart, driven and attractive. She was an example of doing what you wanted in life, regardless of your sex.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

Children. Mine and everyone else’s. They are naturally curious, eager and open-minded. Their combination of inquisitiveness, gratitude and presence is truly beautiful. I find them inspiring because of their ability to see things simply. It inspires me to try to knock away all the connections my brain wants to make at certain moments to get back to a more uncluttered view.

What advice would you give to a young girl about being beautiful?

I would tell her the truth in three parts. 1. You are beautiful. 2. Set your own standard of beauty; don’t look to the media to define it for you. 3. Look for true love, and beauty will find you.

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

Cheering for my family at baseball and soccer games, enjoying a nice meal, laughing with friends, watching the sunset from our backyard, making s’mores and relaxing.

What is your most prized possession?

Our home. We live in my grandparents’ home that we inherited when my Nanny passed away several years ago. We renovated and expanded so it could accommodate our family of four. It is home in the most heartfelt sense. It is the most precious place in the world to me—the cottonwood trees clapping in the breeze, the barns creaking and popping in the heat, and if the light is just right, I feel my Nanny and Grandpa there smiling at our life. Nothing is better to me than standing in the middle of our space in the heat of summer, soaking in the hot sun.

What is your Facebook status right now?

Love these words. Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude. (Hafiz)

If you could have one talent that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

So easy to answer! To be able to sing well. Adele well. Superstar, belt-it-out well.

What’s something that might surprise us about you, or a story you love to tell?

The story is short but a favorite. I once saw Billy Long getting a pedicure.

Head to voting!

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